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Educación Médica

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ORTIZ-ACOSTA, R.  and  BELTRAN-JIMENEZ, B.E.. Perceived emotional intelligence and burnout in undergraduate medicine interns. Educ. méd. [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.1, pp.49-55. ISSN 1575-1813.

Aim: To analyze the relationship between the levels of perceived emotional intelligence and burnout in undergraduate medicine interns. Subjects and methods: For this, we used the Trait Meta-Mood Scale, which evaluates perceived emotional intelligence, the Maslach Burnout Inventory, in 44 undergraduate interns from three hospitals of Sonora Health Services. Results: The factor of emotional attention is related negatively with exhaustion. Clarity correlates in a positive way with emotional repair and self-fulfillment; and negatively with exhaustion and depersonalization. Emotional repair correlates in a negative way with exhaustion and depersonalization, and positively to self-fulfillment. Regression analyses showed that burnout in undergraduate interns was explained by a low emotional attention and a lack of clarity in their emotions. Conclusion: Those findings prove that certain emotional factors should be taken into account to explain the burnout in undergraduate medicine interns.

Keywords : Burnout; Emotional intelligence; Undergraduate medicine interns.

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